Weber: I can’t imagine Schumi at Sauber

Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari and Willi Weber (GER) Agent. Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday 19 July 2008.Oct.2 (GMM) Michael Schumacher’s former manager, Willi Weber, has advised the seven time world champion to quit Formula One for good.

Having recently negotiated the great German’s latest personal sponsorship deal, Weber made headlines by announcing that, if he was still in charge, he would travel to Maranello for a chat with Luca di Montezemolo.

In the wake of Mercedes‘ decision to overlook Schumacher for a 2013 seat, that triggered real speculation that the 43-year-old could return to Ferrari next year to replace Felipe Massa.

Weber, however, hopes it doesn’t happen.

“Michael doesn’t have to prove one more thing,” he told Auto Motor und Sport.

“He was the best driver in the world. As a manager I would maybe try to get him in there [Ferrari], but I cannot imagine that it would be considered seriously. With all respect for Michael and his legend, now is the time for the younger ones,” added Weber.

And he said Schumacher should absolutely not court a move to Sauber.

“What is this? Continue with Sauber? With a private team? I can’t imagine Michael doing that.

“Nothing against Peter Sauber, as what he has done this year is better than what Mercedes has done. But someone like Michael belongs with a global company or a famous racing team.

“At Sauber he cannot fight for the title,” added Weber.

The Sauber link, however, will continue for as long as Schumacher and his new manager Sabine Kehm do not rule out otherwise.

Kehm told CNN: “The answer is that we will carefully think about any options we have. We are not in a hurry to do this. In the meantime though we will not give out any reports and discuss the different steps.”

Niki Lauda was instrumental in Mercedes’ decision to replace Schumacher with Lewis Hamilton, but the great Austrian hopes the former Benetton and Ferrari driver does not retire altogether.

“Naturally, his withdrawal would leave a big hole in F1,” he is quoted by Der Spiegel.

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  • Forza Ferrari

    My thought exactly! It would be such a shame to see Schumi in a small private team like Sauber. That would be so humiliating. As much as I would love to see Schumi racing next year…Sauber is simply not an appropriate team for a great racing legend like Michael Schumacher. I really hope he won’t go to Sauber or to any other small team. Schumi deserves only the best!

  • Rabih fares

    I think he is waitning for ferrari decision about massa,but at the end it will be good to see schumacher in F1 for few more years…hope he will be back to sit behind the red ferrari year!

  • G

    I disagree. Sauber is developing into a strong contender. With Schumacher and his experience it just might be the extra little boost needed to get Sauber into the elite ring of teams.
    Remember when people dismissed Red Bull as a serious team?

  • akay

    go to sauber schumacher it will be a great project